High Pockets Kelly Stats

High Pockets Kelly was born on Tuesday, September 10, 1895, in San Francisco, California. Kelly was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 18, 1915, with the New York Giants. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive High Pockets Kelly baseball stats page.

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"His (George Kelly) arm was so tremendous that he was directed to be the relay man on throws from the outfield. His arm was better, in fact, than any of today's players that I can think of." - Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch in The Reading Eagle (AP Wire, 01/29/1973, 'Kelly Makes the Hall', Page 18)

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George "High Pockets" Kelly Autograph on a 2008 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts (#HH-GK)

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Birth Name:
George Lange Kelly
Nickname:
Highpockets or High Pockets
Born On:
09-10-1895  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Francisco, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-13-1984 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Burlingame, California
Cemetery:
Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California Click For Grave Photo
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
08-18-1915 (Age 19)
Last Game:
07-27-1932
Draft:
Not Applicable

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High Pockets Kelly Pitching Stats

1917 22 Giants 1 0 1 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 5.0 20 4 0 0 0 1 - 2 0 0 0 -
1 Year 1 0 1 1 0 1.000 0.00 0 0 0 5.0 20 4 0 0 0 1 - 2 0 0 0 -

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High Pockets Kelly Hitting Stats

1915 20 Giants 17 38 2 6 0 0 1 0 4 1 - 9 1 - 0 - .158 .179 .237
1916 21 Giants 49 76 4 12 2 1 0 0 3 6 - 24 2 - 0 - .158 .220 .211
1917 22 Giants 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0 - 0 - .000 .000 .000
1917 22 Pirates 8 23 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 - 9 0 - 0 - .087 .125 .174
1919 24 Giants 32 107 12 31 6 2 1 0 14 3 - 15 5 - 1 - .290 .315 .411
1920 25 Giants 155 590 69 157 22 11 11 1 94 41 - 92 14 - 6 - .266 .320 .397
1921 26 Giants 149 587 95 181 42 9 23 3 122 40 - 73 17 - 3 - .308 .356 .528
1922 27 Giants 151 592 96 194 33 8 17 1 107 30 - 65 15 - 3 - .328 .363 .497
1923 28 Giants 145 560 82 172 23 5 16 0 103 47 - 64 9 - 1 - .307 .362 .452
1924 29 Giants 144 571 91 185 37 9 21 2 136 38 - 52 13 - 5 - .324 .371 .531
1925 30 Giants 147 586 87 181 29 3 20 0 99 35 - 54 10 - 2 - .309 .350 .471
1926 31 Giants 136 499 70 151 24 4 13 0 80 36 - 52 15 - 2 - .303 .352 .445
1927 32 Reds 61 222 27 60 16 4 5 1 21 11 - 23 2 - 1 - .270 .308 .446
1928 33 Reds 116 402 46 119 33 7 3 0 58 28 - 35 17 - 2 - .296 .345 .435
1929 34 Reds 147 577 73 169 45 9 5 0 103 33 - 61 21 - 1 - .293 .332 .428
1930 35 Reds 51 188 18 54 10 1 5 0 35 7 - 20 11 - 0 - .287 .313 .431
1930 35 Cubs 39 166 22 55 6 1 3 0 19 7 - 16 4 - 1 - .331 .362 .434
1932 37 Dodgers 64 202 23 49 9 1 4 0 22 22 - 27 2 - 0 - .243 .317 .356
16 Years 1,622 5,993 819 1,778 337 76 148 8 1,020 386 - 694 158 - 28 - .297 .342 .452

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High Pockets Kelly Fielding Stats

1915 Giants 1B 9 4 93 59 6.6 58 55 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .983 16.84
1915 Giants CF 4 4 105 9 2.3 8 7 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 2.06
1916 Giants 1B 13 10 243 104 8.0 102 100 2 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .981 11.33
1916 Giants 3B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1916 Giants CF 2 0 5 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.80
1916 Giants RF 5 3 48 4 0.8 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1917 Giants 1B 1 0 8 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.75
1917 Giants 2B 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1917 Giants LF 3 0 11 3 1.0 3 2 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.36
1917 Giants P 1 0 15 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1917 Giants RF 1 0 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1917 Pirates 1B 8 8 159 70 8.8 68 66 2 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .971 11.55
1919 Giants 1B 32 31 819 354 11.1 352 341 11 2 17 n/a n/a n/a .994 11.60
1920 Giants 1B 155 155 465 1,873 12.1 1,862 1,759 103 11 115 n/a n/a n/a .994 108.12
1921 Giants 1B 149 148 3,975 1,684 11.3 1,667 1,552 115 17 132 n/a n/a n/a .990 11.32
1922 Giants 1B 151 151 4,053 1,758 11.6 1,745 1,642 103 13 123 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.62
1923 Giants 1B 145 145 3,876 1,640 11.3 1,628 1,568 60 12 111 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.34
1924 Giants 1B 125 123 3,189 1,379 11.0 1,369 1,309 60 10 107 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.59
1924 Giants 2B 5 5 135 29 5.8 27 9 18 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .931 5.40
1924 Giants 3B 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1924 Giants CF 9 9 135 28 3.1 27 26 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .964 5.40
1924 Giants LF 5 5 108 13 2.6 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.25
1925 Giants 1B 25 24 627 282 11.3 279 263 16 3 13 n/a n/a n/a .989 12.01
1925 Giants 2B 108 107 2,742 679 6.3 666 272 394 13 68 n/a n/a n/a .981 6.56
1925 Giants LF 8 8 186 18 2.3 16 15 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 2.32
1925 Giants RF 9 8 225 16 1.8 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.92
1926 Giants 1B 114 114 3,024 1,284 11.3 1,275 1,196 79 9 89 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.38
1926 Giants 2B 18 17 390 108 6.0 102 37 65 6 12 n/a n/a n/a .944 7.06
1927 Reds 1B 49 44 1,128 492 10.0 488 456 32 4 46 n/a n/a n/a .992 11.68
1927 Reds 2B 13 8 231 55 4.2 51 19 32 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .927 5.96
1927 Reds LF 2 2 21 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.29
1928 Reds 1B 99 90 2,139 972 9.8 963 894 69 9 99 n/a n/a n/a .991 12.16
1928 Reds LF 9 9 246 123 13.7 122 122 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .992 13.39
1928 Reds RF 4 4 102 13 3.3 12 11 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 3.18
1929 Reds 1B 147 146 3,774 1,651 11.2 1,640 1,537 103 11 127 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.73
1930 Reds 1B 50 50 1,263 542 10.8 538 503 35 4 44 n/a n/a n/a .993 11.50
1930 Cubs 1B 39 39 1,065 447 11.5 446 414 32 1 31 n/a n/a n/a .998 11.31
1932 Dodgers 1B 62 59 1,386 621 10.0 611 575 36 10 48 n/a n/a n/a .984 11.90
1932 Dodgers CF 1 0 5 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.40
1B Totals 1,373 1,341 31,286 15,214 11.1 15,093 14,232 861 121 1,111 n/a n/a n/a .992 13.03
2B Totals 145 137 3,504 871 6.0 846 337 509 25 84 n/a n/a n/a .971 6.52
LF Totals 27 24 572 158 5.9 155 153 2 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 7.32
RF Totals 19 15 377 33 1.7 32 31 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.29
CF Totals 16 13 250 40 2.5 38 36 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 4.10
3B Totals 2 0 9 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
P Totals 1 0 15 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
16 Years 1,583 1,530 36,013 16,317 10.3 16,165 14,790 1,375 152 1,197 n/a n/a n/a .991 12.12

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High Pockets Kelly Miscellaneous Stats

1915 Giants 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 38.0 4.2 9.5 - - -
1916 Giants 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.2 25.3 - - -
1917 Giants 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 0.0 2.00 3.60 1.80
1917 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 0.0 - - -
1919 Giants 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 107.0 7.1 7.6 - - -
1920 Giants 6 16 .273 0 0 n/a 53.6 6.4 6.3 - - -
1921 Giants 4 12 .250 0 0 n/a 25.5 8.0 4.8 - - -
1922 Giants 12 3 .800 0 0 n/a 34.8 9.1 5.5 - - -
1923 Giants 14 7 .667 0 0 n/a 35.0 8.8 5.4 - - -
1924 Giants 7 2 .778 2 0 n/a 27.2 11.0 4.2 - - -
1925 Giants 5 2 .714 0 0 n/a 29.3 10.9 5.9 - - -
1926 Giants 4 0 1.000 6 0 n/a 38.4 9.6 6.2 - - -
1927 Reds 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 44.4 9.7 10.6 - - -
1928 Reds 2 0 1.000 4 0 n/a 134.0 11.5 6.9 - - -
1929 Reds 7 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 115.4 9.5 5.6 - - -
1930 Reds 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 37.6 9.4 5.4 - - -
1930 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 55.3 10.4 8.7 - - -
1932 Dodgers 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 50.5 7.5 9.2 - - -
16 Years 65 43 .602 15 0 n/a 40.5 8.6 5.9 2.00 3.60 1.80

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Did you know that George Kelly is one of only thirteen former Major League ballplayers who are undefeated pitchers (Wins >= 1) with a perfect earned run average (ERA = 0.00)?

Undefeated & Perfect ERA

Name MLB Debut Stats
Elmer Bliss 09-28-1903 1-0, 0.00
Nestor Chavez 09-09-1967 1-0, 0.00
Rocky Colavito 09-10-1955 1-0, 0.00
John Dagenhard 09-28-1943 1-0, 0.00
Tom Dougherty 04-24-1904 1-0, 0.00
Jake Jaeckel 09-19-1964 1-0, 0.00
Tim Jones 07-26-1988 1-0, 0.00
George Kelly 08-18-1915 1-0, 0.00
John LeRoy 09-26-1997 1-0, 0.00
Brent Mayne 09-26-1966 1-0, 0.00
Stan Rees 06-12-1918 1-0, 0.00
Chris Saenz 04-24-2004 1-0, 0.00
Wilson Valdez 09-07-2004 1-0, 0.00

George Kelly Hall of Fame Plaque
George Kelly | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1973 ( HOF )
The National Baseball Hall of Fame wrote, "George Highpockets Kelly was a slick-fielding first baseman who was credited by Giants manager John McGraw with 'making more important hits for me than any player I ever had.' Kelly enjoyed six consecutive .300 seasons and four straight years with over 100 RBIs while establishing single-season league records for chances, putouts, assists and double plays by a first baseman. Kelly helped lead the Giants to four consecutive pennants from 1921-24." A bit more about High Pockets:
George Kelly
George Kelly | The Reading Eagle | January 29, 1973 | |Page 18

George Kelly led the National League in home runs in 1921 , slugging a career high twenty-three homers with the New York Giants - the first in franchise history to hit 20+ home runs in a single season. Kelly broke the team record for home runs in a season (17) set by Roger Connor in 1887 , and held the record until Rogers Hornsby hit 26 in 1927 .

If you do not already own The New Bill James Historical Abstract , you should buy it today. Wether you agree or disagree with him, the writing, the stories, the research, the lists, make it easily one of our favorite baseball books ever written. Just take a look at this excerpt:

65. George Kelly.

Asked to name the worst player in the Hall of Fame, I will often cite George Kelly, and point out that Kelly was selected primarily because the Veterans Committee in the early 1970s was strongly biased in his favor. Well, George Kelly's son saw me say this one time on ESPN, and as you can imagine, he was not pleased. He wrote me a letter, laying out his position, and, while he may have forgotten his manners a time or two, obviously one cannot think ill of a man for defending his father's reputation. I wish I could quote the letter, but I wasn't able to get permission, so I'll have to paraphrase.

Essentially, Kelly fils made three points in defense of Kelly pere . Those three points were:

1. That Kelly was a brilliant defensive first baseman.

2. That Kelly was such an exceptional player that he kept the great Bill Terry on the bench for several years.

3. That Kelly earned his Hall of Fame selection with twenty years of hard work, and it is therefore unfair to suggest that he got in due to favoritism.

As to the first point, that Kelly was a brilliant defensive first baseman, I agree that he was. So was Vic Power , who was nearly as good a hitter as Kelly. So was Wes Parker , whose best season was better than Kelly's. So was Gil Hodges , was was three times the hitter that Kelly was. It's not enough. If Kelly were a marginal case, sure, his glove work at first base might make him a Hall of Famer. Apart from his glove, he's not within ten miles of being a Hall of Famer. His glove work cuts it, let's say, to nine miles. To overstate the case a little, it's like arguing that Greg Minton is a Hall of Famer because he had a great pickoff move to first base. He did have a great pickoff move to first base. It's not enough.

The fact that Kelly kept Bill Terry on the bench for a couple of years would be somewhat more impressive if Bill Terry was actually a great a player as people imagine him to have been; Terry was over-rated, too. But what about Walter Holke , who kept Kelly in the minors for a couple of years? Does this make him a Hall of Famer, too? Ed Yost kept Harmon Killebrew out of the Washington lineup for a couple of years. Does this make Ed Yost a Hall of Famer? Carl Furillo blocked Duke Snider's path for a couple of yearas; does this make Carl Furillo a Hall of Famer?

It doesn't, because that just isn't how you rationally evaluate a player. You evaluate the player by what he did on the field, not by who he kept on the bench.

James continues and concludes, "George Kelly was a good ballplayer. So were Chris Chambliss , Bill Buckner , George McQuinn and Eddie Robinson . He wasn't a Hall of Famer on the best day of his life." Share your opinions with us on Baseball Fever and make sure you add this gem ( The New Bill James Historical Abstract ) to your baseball bookshelf.

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